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WGN Channel 9 - Family Classics With Frazier Thomas - "The War Of The Worlds" (Opening, 1978)

Here is the opening to the Family Classics With Frazier Thomas presentation of "The War of the Worlds" on WGN Channel 9.

The Family Classics theme song was called "Moviescope" and was a piece of library music composed by Dennis Berry. It was originally released on the Berry/Conroy label.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, November 19th 1978 at 3:30pm!

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I have the RCA SelectaVision CED of this film.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 9:06am.

Another great find, Fuzzy!
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 9:35am.

Which Chicago station had "The War of the Worlds" prior to WGN? I know that in NYC, the first station to lease it, starting in 1969, was WCBS Channel 2 (as part of Paramount Pictures' "Portfolio II" package); in fact, this film was the first to be aired on WCBS's very short-lived attempt at a horror showcase, "Saturday Shocker," in fall 1972 (apparently as meant to compete with WNEW Channel 5's "Creature Features" which aired at various times of the day on weekends, including Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

I seem to recall around the late 1980's or early '90's, WGN's sister station WPIX Channel 11 ran this flick.

Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 1:39pm.

W.B., WBBM Channel 2 had Paramount "Portfolio II" before WGN got the rights to those movie titles.
Comment posted by Phantom on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 3:57pm.

Thought so . . . I seemed to read ads from the 1969-70 period that indicated that CBS O&O's acquired "Portfolio II."
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 6:52pm.

The opening description Fraizer Thomas talked about doesn't mention the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast created by Orson Welles!
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 8:56pm.

Gosh, Anything with Frazier Thomas or Framily Classics is such a rare treat. Thank you for posting..simply awesome! I can almost picture myself sitting on the floor in front of our new 25" RCA ColorTrack Console TV watching this show....one of my favorites to this day. Who didn't want to see the inside of one of those cool space ships.
Comment posted by Siciliano66 on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 11:29pm.

Dan - I think this was one of the more scary films that he showed on Family Classics. I wonder if he even considered this one almost crossing the line? People getting vaporized by alien rays definitely freaked me out!

Notice, in a rare variation, he doesn't say, "And now, if you're quite ready..." :-)

Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, October 26th 2010 at 11:51pm.

You never cease to amaze me with your video finds, Fuzzy.

Thanks!

Comment posted by GHilbrich on Thursday, October 28th 2010 at 7:11pm.

Love hearing the amazing Paul Frees in the opening narration...and of course, WGN clips = superawesome!
Comment posted by DoctorJPW on Friday, October 29th 2010 at 9:00pm.

I grew up with that theme song! Anyone know who composed it and which orchestra played it?
Comment posted by ScarlettOHara on Sunday, October 16th 2011 at 4:31am.

This is interesting, because I have an audio recording of Frazier's introduction of this movie in early 1980, and he recited the same speech almost verbatim--including "And now--if I have prepared you for what you're about to see..." I guess even someone as talented as Frazier Thomas needs to use scripts sometimes!
Comment posted by RLaPorte on Sunday, January 29th 2012 at 2:58pm.

RLaPorte - Is it possible it is in fact the exact same intro? Maybe they videotaped some and reused them for popular movies?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, January 29th 2012 at 3:01pm.

I just listened to the 1980 recording, and, happily, it was definitely a different "performance," with slight changes. Instead of referring to "very expensive trick photography" as Frazier did here, he called it "very clever trick photography" in 1980. Also, here he stated that the film was "released to the movie theaters of the world," but in '80 the phrase "of the world" was omitted. Finally, here he included the phrase "when they attack" toward the end of the speech, but removed it in the '80 performance. Different vocal inflection is used each time as well. In 1980 he was a bit more dramatic, and chuckled a little during the "...if I have prepared you..." line.
Comment posted by RLaPorte on Sunday, January 29th 2012 at 4:10pm.

The Family Classics opening theme was awesome, and very soothing.
Comment posted by ColVonDouche on Thursday, May 31st 2012 at 7:23pm.

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The weatherman's elephant jokes need work.


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The guy is right in that the ghosts follow a pattern that can be exploited. This was fixed in Ms. Pac-man a year later in 1981.

He must not have played it long enough to get to the infamous level 256 kill screen.


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by Brian1978 on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 9:31am CT

That's definitely NOT Lisa Whelchel!!!! Such overacting in this commercial. Obviously they were hired for their looks and not their acting skills.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The Richard Pryor Special Tornado Warning (1977) by ChrisBCritter on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 2:45pm CT

Checking the Tornado History Project, there was only one tornado listed for this date in Illinois. It was a pretty big one: an F4 which touched down at 7:20 PM near Atlanta, IL and ran northeast over seven miles along I-55; luckily no lives were lost and only two injuries.


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by RaynerChelvestonMaddux on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 10:31pm CT

No, I don't think that is her.


Comment posted in Independent Network News - "It's a Pacmen-Eat-Pacmen World" (1982) by Smctopia on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 8:12pm CT

As a kid I could often hear my parents watching TV in the other room while I was in bed. I remember hearing the music at 2:25. Was that the "news theme" that Channel 9 news used since this aired on channel 9?


Comment posted in Service Chevrolet (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 8:03pm CT

Is the blonde Lisa Whelchel?


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - The Richard Pryor Special Tornado Warning (1977) by Smctopia on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at 8:16pm CT

This made me curious to know who did the invent the first clock: the full name is Benjamin Banneker.


Comment posted in WMAQ Channel 5 - NewsCenter5 at 10pm - "Gas Crunch" (Partial Commercial Break & News Excerpt, 1979) by Fygee on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 5:23pm CT

Is Herb Hugo the guy from up? The resemblance is uncanny.


Comment posted in WBBM Channel 2 - Channel 2 News - "You Never Know Who's Going To Drop By" (Promo, 1976) by Fygee on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 4:41pm CT

Pretty awesome seeing Gene Siskel with hair and the porn stache there.


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